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Essential data centre infrastructure  |    A 2 day training course

Data centre infrastructure course description

This course provides a foundation in data centre infrastructure technologies. It begins with a tour of virtualisation and the impact of this on the network before moving on to the spine and leaf design, how it works and how to scale. Layer 2 technologies enabling this architecture are studied in terms of the impact on the data centre. The course then progresses onto how Layer 3 technologies such as BGP, EVPN and VXLAN are used in data centre networks. The course then studies interconnecting data centres finishing with a section on automation and orchestration of both underlay and overlay networks.

What will you learn
  • Explain the spine and leaf architecture
  • Recognise the impact of virtualisation, containers and orchestration on the network
  • Describe how the following technologies are used in data centres:
      Multi port aggregation
      Overlay networks
      MBGP, VRFs, EVPN

Data centre infrastructure course details

Data centre infrastructure course contents

    What is Ethernet?
    Data centres versus enterprise networks. Servers, Blades, Racks, Clusters, Storage, Virtual Machines, Hosts, guests, containers, orchestration. Virtual switches. Distributed switches. Live migrations (e.g. vMotion). IP addressing and VM traffic.

    Data centre network architecture
    Spine leaf design. North south traffic, East West traffic, Scaling: Ports, bandwidth. N+1 redundancy, ratio East West optimisation, oversubscription. 2 tier versus 3 tier Leaf/Spine. Pods. Underlay, Overlay

    L2 technologies
    STP vs link aggregation vs multi link aggregation. LACP, LLDP, CDP. Scalability. VLANs and VLAN pruning. L2 design recommendations. Disabling STP on edge ports.

    L3 technologies
    Underlay, Overlay, VXLAN, VTEP, VXLAN overlay forwarding, EVPN, IS-IS, COOP, MP BGP, VRFs, EBGP, IBGP, AS numbers, route reflectors. Anycast gateways. MTU considerations—for data and control planes. BUM traffic.

    Data centre interconnects
    Pods, fabrics, multi pods, multi fabric, multi site. VXLAN with BGP/EVPN Data center interconnect. Cloud integration, Inter Site Networks.

    Automation and orchestration, Zero touch provisioning, Devops, Netops, telemetry automated configuration for underlay and overlay, SDN.

Learning path



Based on general reviews

S. D. – Trinity House:

"I thought that the instructor was excellent and provided a thoroughly enjoyable and informative three days."

D. F. - Fulstone Manor school:

"Easy to reach location. Course is excellent.

Training approach

This structured course uses Instructor Led Training to provide the best possible learning experience. Small class sizes ensure students benefit from our engaging and interactive style of teaching with delegates encouraged to ask questions throughout the course. Quizzes follow each major section allowing checking of learning.